When SF Parks Alliance released the Playground Report Card this week, it was encouraging to see that the Panhandle Playground got a C, an improvement from the D grade that it received in 2010.
The playground gets frequent help from park staff and from our monthly volunteer days, including last Saturday (pictured). Structural problems like holes in the rubber mats and broken play structures have been tended to by SF Rec and Park on a case-by-case basis and also during the week-long playground maintenance this past February.
While some of the nearby playgrounds such as Alamo Square have been rebuilt in recent years, others (Buena Vista, Grattan) are also stuck in the C category (see the map below). None of these three are included in the Parks Bond that San Francisco will vote on this year. The Report Card is required reading for anyone who want to learn what parents and communities can do to get their neighborhood playground on track for significant upgrade.
Sep 14, 2012
The turnout at our recent Panhandle workday was tremendous! Previous volunteers returned for another morning working in the park...and brought friends with them! Thanks everyone for making the morning such a success and for helping Guillermo and me as we worked to get the right tools to the right place. Enjoy the slideshow below, and mark your calendars for our upcoming workdays on the Second Saturday.